Interview with Peter Umunay, 2014 Russell E. Train Fellow

What background experience do you have in wildlife conservation? I graduated from the University of Kisangani with a License (B.S.) in biology and focus in forest ecology and plant systematics. Thereafter, I received a job offer from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to complete a census of Ituri Forest Dynamic Plots coordinated by the Center of Tropical Forest Science. What began as a 12-month contract went on to become a five-year professional career with WCS. I led the forest inventory unit and the REDD+ programme of the WCS-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Forestry project based in the Ituri forest landscape, and worked in different projects related to protecting wildlife populations, including a management plan for the Okapi Faunal Reserve, participatory mapping and community-based forest management across the landscape. –